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195X Consul 1511 Serial # ZP-26110 195X Consul 1511 typewriter, Serial # ZP-26110 Saul Bryan's 195X Consul 1511 typewriter. 2023-11-17 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Saul Bryan: 195X Consul 1511 Serial # ZP-26110 Before you say "That's not a 1511!", hear me out. While you might be right, I put it to you that the early serial number machines had some subtle (and not so subtle) differences that were modified as time went on. This one is roughly 26K into production, and they were using black keys, had the logo painted at the back, and the gun-barrel Z logo. The other tell is the slots near the colour selector switch and the tab set/clear. This was so the panel could be pulled off and the bent levers would fit in the slots.

This particular machine has had a few restoration things done to it - notably the case handle was missing and has been replaced with a non-original one. Many, if not almost all, of the keys has shrunk and cracked, making them unpleasant to the finger tips. These have been replaced with what appeared to be original keys of identical design, with the exception of a few - which I have taken photos of an noted below. The removable wavy wire paper holder at the back has gone missing, and I made myself one out of an old wire coathanger! It does the job, but I did not photograph it as it would just confuse matters.

There are two screws on the carriage rails. One is for attaching the drawband to, and once you have done that you can remove the other screw and the whole carriage slides off. The bearings are captured in a handy-dandy frame, so these do NOT go flying everywhere. I had an issue with the carriage grinding and I tracked it down to one of the bearings having a bent bit of metal holding it in place. I am not sure if this is a common problem, but by pressing the metal tabs around the bearing firmly with pliers I was able to shape it closer to the bearing and the issue was resolved.

The machine types brilliantly, I really like the touch on it. It is a bit beat up, rusty, and could do with more cleaning, I know.

195X Consul 1511 #ZP-26110

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Saul Bryan (Saulysw)
Created: 11-17-2023 at 08:16PM
Last Edit: 11-17-2023 at 09:31PM


Description:

Before you say "That's not a 1511!", hear me out. While you might be right, I put it to you that the early serial number machines had some subtle (and not so subtle) differences that were modified as time went on. This one is roughly 26K into production, and they were using black keys, had the logo painted at the back, and the gun-barrel Z logo. The other tell is the slots near the colour selector switch and the tab set/clear. This was so the panel could be pulled off and the bent levers would fit in the slots.

This particular machine has had a few restoration things done to it - notably the case handle was missing and has been replaced with a non-original one. Many, if not almost all, of the keys has shrunk and cracked, making them unpleasant to the finger tips. These have been replaced with what appeared to be original keys of identical design, with the exception of a few - which I have taken photos of an noted below. The removable wavy wire paper holder at the back has gone missing, and I made myself one out of an old wire coathanger! It does the job, but I did not photograph it as it would just confuse matters.

There are two screws on the carriage rails. One is for attaching the drawband to, and once you have done that you can remove the other screw and the whole carriage slides off. The bearings are captured in a handy-dandy frame, so these do NOT go flying everywhere. I had an issue with the carriage grinding and I tracked it down to one of the bearings having a bent bit of metal holding it in place. I am not sure if this is a common problem, but by pressing the metal tabs around the bearing firmly with pliers I was able to shape it closer to the bearing and the issue was resolved.

The machine types brilliantly, I really like the touch on it. It is a bit beat up, rusty, and could do with more cleaning, I know.

Typeface Specimen:

Photos:

Most keys have been replaced, and the red margin release is NOT original. The $!, G, H, TAB, shift-lock, % += and backspace are original still.
Most keys have been replaced, and the red margin release is NOT original. The $!, G, H, TAB, shift-lock, % += and backspace are original still.

Vendor sticker on front, there is nothing underneath, no holes or anything.
Vendor sticker on front, there is nothing underneath, no holes or anything.

The top left key is the += and it is original. You can see it is smaller and not well formed. I would have replaced it but I didn't have that keytop.
The top left key is the += and it is original. You can see it is smaller and not well formed. I would have replaced it but I didn't have that keytop.


The G amd H are original, not the groove in the H and the yellowing.
The G amd H are original, not the groove in the H and the yellowing.

The $! keytop is original, and the paint is worn. I like having those symbols on a machine.
The $! keytop is original, and the paint is worn. I like having those symbols on a machine.

Note the bent lever and the slot for it to pass thru.
Note the bent lever and the slot for it to pass thru.

Note the shape of the return lever, which is another thing they modified later. The carriage knob too is different.
Note the shape of the return lever, which is another thing they modified later. The carriage knob too is different.

It has the platen quick release lever, which is cool.
It has the platen quick release lever, which is cool.

Behing the paper table flap, where the magic margins are, is the serial number. I'm told that is ZP, but if I had to guess, I'd call it YP?!
Behing the paper table flap, where the magic margins are, is the serial number. I'm told that is ZP, but if I had to guess, I'd call it YP?!

This label came off the underside of the machine.
This label came off the underside of the machine.

This logo reminds me of the James Bond opening scenes. It is a gun barrel, which has those groves to make the bullet spin.
This logo reminds me of the James Bond opening scenes. It is a gun barrel, which has those groves to make the bullet spin.

Painted Consul logo, I believe is original. The typeface style changes in later models.
Painted Consul logo, I believe is original. The typeface style changes in later models.

The left magic margin lever has a RED "M" in it.
The left magic margin lever has a RED "M" in it.


This part of the segment has NO markings, unlike my other consul which does.
This part of the segment has NO markings, unlike my other consul which does.


Made in ... yeah, there.
Made in ... yeah, there.





Hunter: Saul Bryan (Saulysw)

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